Here are 6 tips to improve your fitness lifestyle by getting enough sleep, changing your routine, intuitive eating, decluttering, boosting your energy levels, and by challenging yourself to make time for a new hobby other than electronics.
1. SET A GOOD SLEEP SCHEDULE
This applies to any time of year, but with the time change and longer days, it’s important to rest. Maybe shut off the TV and read at night to help with a goodnight’s sleep. Sleep impacts our moods, behaviors, and actions for the next day. If you aren’t going to bed at a reasonable hour, you may feel groggy and unmotivated. Therefore, in order to reset yourself, I highly recommend starting a semi-strict sleep schedule, so you can look and feel your best the next day.
2. CHANGE YOUR ROUTINE
Sometimes, the smallest adjustment in your routine can make the biggest difference. Life can become boring and stale when we do the same thing over and over, so any opportunity to brighten it up is great. It doesn’t have to be a big change, either. Take a different route to work, walk down a different road in the evenings, or simply take your walk 30 minutes later. Also, consider some bigger changes — join a gym, join a gardening class, find an adventure, or look into local free events and find something that interests you.
3. PRACTICE INTUITIVE EATING
Change up the way you eat — eat for energy, instead of for emotional reasons. Doing this for 30 days is incredibly beneficial. Did you know that your skin will look better when you remove all the junk food from your diet? Cutting down on sugar gives you more natural energy and plays a major factor in reducing belly fat. There’s truly no down-side to honoring your hunger and respecting your body. Imagine exercising for joy and health rather than weight loss!
4. PURGE THE THINGS YOU DON’T NEED
This doesn’t just mean all that extra stuff hiding away in the closet, but also social commitments you no longer enjoy or that drain your energy, unhealthy habits; anything that you feel brings you down to a level where you’re not feeling your best. So, head over to the closets, your calendar, and check your habits to see what could be improved by purging. Let it go already!
5. BOOST YOUR VITAMIN D
Not only is Vitamin D essential for bone health, but it’s also been shown to help protect against certain viruses and even fight depression. Luckily, there are a lot of options for boosting your Vitamin D. Going outside for just 20-25 minutes in the sun will provide a significant amount of Vitamin D, but make sure to apply sunscreen before you soak up those rays. Another option to boost your Vitamin D is by consuming fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout, and eel.
Another tip that’s good for any time, but why not add it to your spring-cleaning list? Start with unplugging after work every evening, if possible, and then challenge yourself to see if you can go for a full weekend. Take up a new activity in order to make up for the time spent on your phone, computer, tablet, or in front of the TV. It will probably be shocking at first to see how much time you actually spend in front of a screen, but you’ll soon fill in that time with something that is new and better for you.
HAPPY SPRING CLEANING!
By Sharon Reid
NASM CPT, Cyclestar @ CycleBar Fort Lauderdale